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Ocean Themes

I'm interested in starting my own book club based on Ocean themes and am not sure what to include. Obviously, I've thought of classic tales that take place on the oceans like Moby Dick but I'm also interested in incorporating books about current problems facing the oceans, like Charles Clover's End of the Line (which discusses overfishing)

Does anyone have any ideas for good books to include? Am I picking too narrow of a topic by sticking to oceans or does it seem like it will resonate?

I'd really love any feedback.

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Registered: ‎10-19-2006
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Re: Ocean Themes

Have you considered the Linda Greenlaw books? Her first was The Hungry Ocean about her stint as the captain of a swordfishing boat. She also has a book about Lobster fishing.

There's also Sebastian Junger's A Perfect Storm and The Outermost House:A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod by Henry Beston.

Haven't read it but recently published is Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America by Eric J. Dolan.

When it comes to Melville, everyone has to read Moby Dick, but no one ever seems to read his other books. Omoo is about the South Seas.

Another book where the South Seas are featured is Blue Latitudes by Tony Horowitz. He very entertainingly tries to follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook.

I keep thinking of lots more books, so I don't think your subject it too narrow. After all, there's more water than land on Earth.
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Re: Ocean Themes

If you want current ocean situations, one thing you might want to look at is Claire Nouvian's "The Deep". If the images there don't inspire you to something, i'll be amazed.

More to the point, perhaps, are Carl Safina's "Eye of the Albatross" and "Voyage of the Turtle". Both are up to the minute and highly illuminating. Safina's depiction of a mother albatross trying to feed its chick and bringing up a green plastic toothbrush is an indictment of the human presence on this planet. His account of why he had to wear frozen underwear to visit Laysan Island is also pretty compelling.

Safina's a crackerjack scientist and science writer. I cannot recommend his material strongly enough. I haven't read his "Song of the Blue Ocean" yet, but it rests close to the top of my TBR stack.

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